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I always wore cute shoes. At least I thought they were. Some people, namely my opinionated family, would heartily disagree.
But then my cute shoes started making my feet feel numb. Or so I thought. Certainly, it had to be the shoes. For confirmation of my belief, I saw my family doctor about my aggravating, tingly feet.
"Well of course I believe it could be those shoes, Jennifer. You spend too much time walking and working in those impractical, unsupportive things," my doctor said.
She went on saying, "Buy some practical shoes with some arch support and the tingling will go away I bet."
Sure enough, new shoes purchased and a few weeks later my numb feet were history.
Later, as I was wrapping up my senior year in college, back in the olden days when students wrote long-hand exams in blue books, my right hand started to feel like it was asleep.
Strange, I thought, and back to the doctor I went.
"You're just under lots of stress, studying ...
Alternative Names Nerve damage - diabetic Symptoms Symptoms often develop slowly over several years. They can vary depending on the nerves that are affected. People with diabetes may have trouble digesting food. These problems can make your diabetes harder to control. Symptoms of this problem are: Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food Heartburn and bloating Nausea, constipation, or diarrhea Swallowing problems
Throwing up food you have eaten a few hours after a meal Tingling or burning in the arms and legs may be an early sign of nerve damage. These feelings often start in your toes and feet. You may have deep pain, often in the feet and legs. Nerve damage may cause you to lose feeling in your arms and legs. Because of this you may: Not notice when you step on something sharp Not know that you have a blister or small cut Not notice when you touch something that is too hot or cold Damage to nervves in your heart and blood vessels may cause you to: Feel light-headed when you stand up (...
Complications Patients with diabetes have higher death rates than people who do not have diabetes regardless of sex, age, or other factors. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in these patients. All lifestyle and medical efforts should be made to reduce the risk for these conditions. People with type 2 diabetes are also at risk for nerve damage (neuropathy) and abnormalities in both small and large blood vessels (vascular injuries) that occur as part of the diabetic disease process. Such abnormalities produce complications over time in many organs and structures in the body. Although these complications tend to be more serious in type 1 diabetes, they still are of concern in type 2 diabetes. Heart Disease There is an association between high blood pressure (hypertension), unhealthy cholesterol levels, and diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely than non-diabetics to have heart problems, and to die from heart complications. Heart attacks account for 60% and stro...
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